89.1 WEMU is proud to report an expansion of local content that will take you behind the scenes of the creative industries in Washtenaw County. This new feature will explore the impacts, often unseen, these efforts have on our quality of life. Deb Polich is President and CEO of The Arts Alliance and WEMU's lead content partner on this project. creative:impact will air at 7:50am and 9:50am each Tuesday as part of Morning Edition.
creative:impact - Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes
Deb Polich takes David Fair on a personal journey leading to a discovery that changes what she know about herself as an American. In a surprising way, it helps her manage the upheaval of change that 2020 has wielded and, as always in Deb’s case, winds back to creativity. Hear it here on "creative:impact."
creative:impact- On the Road Again: Dreaming Of A Time Beyond Streaming
Touring musicians turned to streaming as soon as COVID-19 shut the doors of the performance halls. Will the trend continue, or will artists get back on the road again? Deb Polich and David Fair talk with Mike Green of Mike Green & Associates about the changing business of booking tours for performing artists in the time of COVID-19.
creative:impact - Those Who Can…Teach!
An inspiring teacher ignites their students’ interest in learning, and Emmy-nominated composer and keyboardist Levi Taylor is such a piano instructor. He joins Deb Polich and David Fair to talk about his love for teaching and how he has adapted distance learning methods to enhance his thriving piano instruction business in this time of COVID-19. Be prepared to be inspired as you listen here to this edition of "creative:impact."
creative:impact - The Arts + Creative Industries In These Interesting Times
Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of the arts and creative industries in Washtenaw County and throughout the country is as uncertain as when it began. Deb Polich updates David Fair on what that means for creative workers, businesses, and audiences, even as the green light has been given to reopen cultural venues. Hear their conversation on "creative:impact" here.
creative:impact - Painting In The Streets!
The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority thinks our streetscapes can be much more fun and have asked artists to help us reimagine our downtown spaces. Deb and David talk with Natsume Ono, a member of the Studio Kaleidoscape team, who recently pained a streetscape at South State Street and North University as part of the ReVIVE All Zones project. Hear their conversation on "creative:impact" here.
creative:impact - Catch Up With David And Deb
After a summer hiatus, David Fair and Deb Polich reunite on the air for this edition of "creative: impact." They catch up on the state of the arts six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of gaining the attention of and funding from local decision makers right here in Washtenaw County. Listen here to the conversation on this edition of "creative:impact."